Pitcher Trevor Bauer fired by Dodgers after sexual assault investigation

Pitcher Trevor Bauer fired by Dodgers after sexual assault investigation

Pitcher Trevor Bauer fired by Dodgers after sexual assault investigation

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced it on Friday Trevor Bauer he was released by the team even after Major League Baseball’s independent umpire reinstated him in December.

Announcing Bauer’s release on Twitterthe team said they “cooperated fully” with the league’s investigation and followed “the process outlined in MLB’s Common Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse Policy.”

AND A woman from San Diego accused Bauer31, for battery and sexual assault in 2021. He denied the accusation.

“The Dodgers organization believes that allegations of sexual assault or domestic violence should be thoroughly investigated and the accused should be given due process. … Two extensive analyzes of all available evidence in this case – one by Commissioner Manfred and the other by a neutral arbitrator – concluded that Mr. Bauer’s actions warranted the longest active player suspension in our sport for violating this policy,” the Dodgers wrote in their statement. “Now that this process has been completed and after careful consideration, we have decided that he will no longer be part of our organization.”

FILE – Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie pitcher Trevor Bauer during a game against the San Francisco Giants on June 28, 2021 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles-based team made the announcement about four weeks after the referee’s decision on December 12. Bauer received for the first time unprecedented two-season, a 324-game suspension without pay by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred for violating the league’s domestic violence and sexual assault policy. The players’ association filed a complaint on Bauer’s behalf, and in May 2022, a panel chaired by independent arbitrator Martin Scheinmann upheld the shorter suspension, but he immediately reinstated Bauer.

The decision to cut Bauer means the Dodgers will be responsible for the remaining salary that is owed to him. In 2020, Bauer agreed to a three-year, $102 million contract to join his hometown Dodgers. The team owes him approximately $22.5 million for the 2023 season, according to Spotrac.

Bauer has been designated for assignment and may now sign with another team, according to CBS Sports. If he doesn’t sign by 2:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 12, he goes into an unconditional waiver.

After the announcement, Bauer he wrote on Twitter that he “sat with Dodgers leaders in Arizona” on Thursday and claimed he was told “they want me to come back and quit for the team this year.”

Bauer added that his representatives were in contact with the Dodgers “immediately after the arbitration decision.”

“While I am disappointed with today’s decision by the organization, I appreciate the wealth of support I have received from the Dodgers club,” he wrote. “I wish the riders all the best and I’m looking forward to competing elsewhere.”

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